I’ve been a bit behind in posting about this. World Card Making day has been and gone, as it was on October 4th – you probably thought I didn’t do anything to mark it? Wrong! I held my first ever Card Workshop, where people actually came and paid to make cards under my instruction. I chose the 4th before I knew it was WCMD but once I knew, it seemed like a very positive sign. I also decided I’d do a repeat performance on the 25th, and bizarrely that day’s class filled up before I had time to turn around! In contrast, for my first class, even a couple of days before, I thought I had two people coming, and the daughter of one of the attendees, who was going to “help” her mum with her cards! I decided a small number was no bad thing for my first class and then just a few days before, I gained a further two attendees, at which point I got a bit nervous!
I planned the cards for this workshop well in advance – we made four cards for £10, which everyone seemed happy to pay. We had a lot of fun – people enjoyed the social aspect as well as the crafting, and I think the “I’ve never made cards before” attendees were surprised and pleased at how easy it was. I got lots of compliments and am looking forward to next week’s workshop. I’ve also got some dates in December, when we will be making Christmas cards (of course!). I’ll be running the same class on Friday December 5th (from 7:30pm) and on Saturday 6th December (2-5pm) so let me know if you’d like to book a place.
Today I’m going to show you two of the workshop cards – come back in a few days to see the others.
The first card is a take on a 30th birthday card I’ve already shared, but it is a bit different. This was the last card we made, as it was definitely the most complicated.
I decided my previous card was a bit busy, so I removed the extra banners. And I decided that three equal sized stars would work better.
Measurements and materials:
- Card base – Crumb Cake, 148.5 x 210mm, scored at folded at 105mm
- Whisper White mat, 143.5 x 100mm
- Blackberry Bliss, approx 140 x 97mm, embossed using the Chevron TIEF and the Big Shot
- Stars in Cookie Crumb, In Colours DSP and Vellum, cut with the largest but one Star framelit die, using the Big Shot
- For the Cookie Crumb star, I rubbed the card with the Embossing Buddy, stamped “Never too Old to Party” from the Let your Hair Down hostess stamp set in Versamark and then heat embossed in metallic gold. Then I cut the star – always emboss before cutting!
- I punched out three small stars, using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set and glued them in the top right hand corner, then added three rhinestones for a bit of birthday bling.
The other card I’m sharing, is the first card we made. It’s super simple and elegant and doesn’t need many things. It’s a great card to get people started and also demonstrates that you can make cards with very little kit. This card was CASE’d from Jen Peel (my sister’s upline) and was the first card Liz ever made, other than a kit card, and she couldn’t believe that she had made something so brilliant! Liz just posted her 50th blog and has been doing them for less time than me! Apparently I need to up my game. Without further ado, here is the card:
Isn’t it great? My class loved it.
Materials and measurements:
- Strawberry Slush card base, 148.5 x 210mm, scored at folded at 105mm
- Whisper White mad, 143.5 x 100mm
- Using the “swoosh” stamp from the Work of Art stamp set, ink it up with Strawberry Slush ink and either using the stamp-a-ma-jig, or if you are feeling brave, by eye (I generally use the stamp-a-ma-jig for the first swoosh and then do the others by eye) stamp four times in a row without re-inking the stamp.
- Then, stamp the heart from the Work of Art stampset in Strawberry Slush and finally, the “you” from the Work of Art stampset.
Voila! A gorgeous card, made with 2 card colours, one stampset and two ink colours.
Hope you’ve enjoyed these. I will be posting my first ever challenge card later today, so come back and have a look!